Larry Berhrendt on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Larry Behrendt wrote the above words in a comment here on this blog, and I asked for permission to share them with a wider audience. His own blog post “Madness in Indiana” is also important, offering a careful reading of the law that many are discussing, but often in abstraction from the details of what [Read More...]

The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts

Karl Sharro created the diagram above to clarify the geopolitical relationships in the Middle East, which many find confusing. It appeared in The Atlantic together with accompanying text which, if you read it, will make things clearer still. I thought I would share it here, in case there are blog readers who struggle to grasp the precise [Read More...]

The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” Is Now Law In Indiana: How Should We Respond?

The governor of Indiana Mike Pence has signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and made it law in Indiana. While legal experts have argued that similar legislation in other states has yet to be used successfully to justify discrimination, many are still concerned. My question at this stage is how progressive Christians and others concerned about [Read More...]

Right to Refuse Service

Indiana passed a so-called religious freedom bill, which actually protects the right of businesses to refuse service. On the one hand, we ought to be very concerned indeed when we consider that this same legislation could justify refusing to serve people based on race, as long as the racism is justified by a religious belief. It might ultimately [Read More...]

Inhofe Disproves Poverty and Hunger

On Facebook, Chris Code offered the following comment about Senator James Inhofe’s misguided attempt to disprove global warming by holding up a snowball: This is Republican, science-denier logic for you. What will he ask next? “If poverty is real then where did I get this money? If world hunger is real then where did I [Read More...]

Religious Risk

Pliny the In-Between re-envisages religion in terms of the board game RISK. Or is it that he re-envisages the board game RISK in terms of religion? Either way, the combination is thought-provoking. To what extent do various people and groups view religion as a game of world conquest and domination? [Read more...]

Communist Monopoly

I got a kick out of this Communist version of Monopoly. But I also recommend a serious read of the Open Culture article about the anti-monopoly message of the original precursor of the modern board game we know as Monopoly. Then for another bit of amusement, check out this Trojan War edition of Monopoly: [Read more...]

Was Religion a Factor in the Chapel Hill Shootings?

The above cartoon came to my attention via Facebook. I actually had a very interesting discussion about religion and violence in my “Speaking About Religion” class yesterday. We discussed the Chapel Hill incident as well as the one in Copenhagen. We did some Googling to see what the internet had to say about which ideology was [Read More...]

Time Asked, Globe Answered

This photo of Harry Fear's is several years old, but I had not seen it until today. The correlation between the two, there on the newsstand, is poignant, although it looks like the Time issue was placed in the Better Homes and Gardens slot for the purpose of the photo.   [Read more...]

Wanting a Religious State

From Could Be Worse’s 2-Panel Tales [Read more...]

Barack Obama: I’m Not Saying You Were Aliens, But…

I support the separation of church and state, and am pretty sure that the President of the United States has no business quoting Exodus or any part of the Bible in an official speech. On the other hand, contrary to what conspiracy theorists are sure to come up with soon if they haven’t already, this statement [Read More...]


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